The Caxton Club brings together archivists, authors, binders, book artists, booksellers, collectors, conservators, designers, editors, librarians, printers, publishers, scholars, and others. Members from these diverse backgrounds form a community that shares a love of printed, handwritten, and digital books and related textual objects, such as pamphlets, broadsides, maps, and ephemera. The club provides a forum to learn about the arts, history, and technologies of these materials, as well as a space to share the joys of appreciating and collecting them.

GRANTS: 2019–20 grant recipients: Meha Rey, Yann Trividic, Sara Jensen, Kathie DeLamater, and Annabel Pinkney.
PUBLICATIONS: The club has published 153 formal publications and other printed pieces in its 125+ years.
CHICAGO 101 AUTHORS: Each of the 101 titles is the focus of an essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile.
MELLON FELLOWS: Each year the club provides copies of Other People’s Books to Mellon Fellows at Rare Book School.

Caxton Members: Submit your item to our online exhibit, Caxtonians’ Collections.
Exhibit is open to all.


Caxton Club programs will resume in September with a second Friday daytime program at Noon CT. All daytime Caxton Club events will be virtual. Third Wednesday evening programs begin at 6:30 PM CT and will either be virtual-only (Zoom) events or in-person events with virtual (Zoom) access. Live program activity times may differ, so please check times listed for each event.

Virtual programs will consist of quality Zoom presentations with real-time Q&A features immediately following. All programs — virtual or in-person — require advance registration on the club’s website. This allows Zoom instructions to be sent before programs, and for planning for in-person programs where space is limited. As usual, we will record all programs and make them available for viewing in the Past Programs section of our website’s Members Only section.

Only registrants who miss a program or wish to view it again will be given the opportunity to request a link to a recording of the program.

    • 02/07/2023
    • 6:30 PM
    • 2/7/2023 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET via Zoom. Preregistration required via website. Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Please notify anyone who may find this of interest.

    February Evening Program

    Cosponsored by the Caxton Club and the Chicago Art Deco Society

    A central aspect of the culture and lifestyle of the 1920s and ’30s was the creation and consumption of food. You could exist in an Art Deco world where everything from the soup to the nuts was inflected with this style. As a pervasive style, Deco shaped a total environment and food and drink were an integral part of this. The lavishly illustrated lecture will feature many aspects of these manifestations.

    Dr. Teri J. Edelstein, curator and museum consultant, is principal of Teri J. Edelstein Associates, Museum Strategies. She served as Deputy Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and previously as director of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She has taught at several universities. Her numerous publications include many articles and exhibition catalogues as well as the books Perspectives on Berthe Morisot and Art for All: British Posters for Transport. She contributed a major essay to Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. Most recently, she curated Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground for The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Please register if you’d like to see this program, even if you can’t attend at 6:30 on February 7. After the program, all registrants will receive an email offering an opportunity to request a link to a recording of the complete program.

    • 02/10/2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 2/10/2023 12:00PM CT Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website. ULCC live attendance Zoom presentation and optional buy your own lunch immediately following in the Wigwam. Reservations required by 12:00PM CT 2/8/2023

    February Midday Program

    Saddle up as we ride along with a couple of Berkeley grads who became two of the most prolific and successful writers of popular fiction during the first half of the twentieth century.

    They flooded bookshelves, produced plays, filled the radio and television airwaves with dramatic scripts, and gave Hollywood stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and others the lines that helped make them famous.

    Randal Brandt has the treasure map that will lead us to a trove of fun and fascinating nuggets from Berkeley’s Faust and Perkins papers. Frederick Schiller Faust (1915) pounded the keyboard under the pen name Max Brand. He also challenged Kenneth Perkins (1914) to trade an academic career for writing. Each would go on to create stories that helped to shape the myths of America’s West. And more.

    Randy Brandt serves as Head of the Cataloging Unit at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. Before that, he held cataloging positions at the Water Resources Center Archive, the California Indian Library Collections project at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the California Maps Project. He also curates the Bancroft’s California Detective Fiction Collection.

    Let’s go west! Join the wagon train by making your reservation today!

    Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Zoom begins at 12:00PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Preregistration required via website.

    Live attendance and buy your own lunch

    Zoom presentation is free and open to all. View Zoom program at 12:00PM CT on 8th floor, Steel Room, Union League Club. Optional buy your own lunch immediately following in the Wigwam. (Click here for lunch menu)

    Reservations required by 12:00PM CT February 8. Seating is limited to 24.


Midday Programs

Evening Programs

Other Events

Thornwillow Press Centennial Reading of James Joyce’s ULYSSES


Read the current CAXTONIAN

Read the current FABS Jounal

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